24
Oct

Ebola In New York City


NEW YORK (AP) — An emergency room doctor who recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa has tested positive for the virus, becoming the first case in the city and the fourth in the nation.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday urged residents not to be alarmed by the doctor's Ebola diagnosis. De Blasio said all city officials followed "clear and strong" protocols in their handling and treatment of Craig Spencer, a member of Doctors Without Borders.

"We want to state at the outset that New Yorkers have no reason to be alarmed," de Blasio said. "New Yorkers who have not been exposed are not at all at risk."
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Spencer, who had been working in Guinea, returned six days ago and reported Thursday morning coming down with a 103-degree fever and diarrhea. He was being treated in an isolation ward at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital, a designated Ebola center.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which will do a further test to confirm the initial results, has dispatched an Ebola response team to New York, and the city's disease detectives have been tracing Spencer's contacts to identify anyone who may be at risk. The city's health commissioner, Mary Bassett, said Spencer's fiancee and two friends had been quarantined but showed no symptoms.

In the days before Spencer fell ill, he went on a 3-mile jog, went to the High Line park, rode the subway and, on Wednesday night, got a taxi to a Brooklyn bowling alley. Bassett said he felt fatigued Wednesday but not feverish until Thursday morning.

Health officials say the chances of the average New Yorker contracting Ebola, which is spread through direct contact with the bodily fluids of an infected person, are slim. Someone can't be infected just by being near someone who is sick with Ebola. Someone isn't contagious unless he is sick.

Bassett said the probability was "close to nil" that Spencer's subway ride would pose a risk. The bowling alley was closed as a precaution, and Spencer's Harlem apartment was cordoned off. The Department of Health was on site across the street from the apartment building Thursday night, giving out information to area residents.

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has killed about 4,800 people. In the United States, the first person diagnosed with the disease was a Liberian man, who fell ill days after arriving in Dallas and later died, becoming the only fatality. None of his relatives who had close contact with him got sick. Two nurses who treated him were infected and are hospitalized.


According to a rough timeline provided by city officials, Spencer felt fatigue Wednesday and when he felt worse Thursday he and his fiancee made a joint call to authorities to detail his symptoms and his travels. EMTs in full Ebola gear arrived and took him to Bellevue in an ambulance surrounded by police squad cars.

Doctors Without Borders, an international humanitarian organization, said per the guidelines it provides its staff members on their return from Ebola assignments, "the individual engaged in regular health monitoring and reported this development immediately." As of Oct. 14, the organization said 16 staff members have been infected and nine have died.

Spencer, 33, works at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. He had not seen any patients or been to the hospital since his return, the hospital said in a statement, calling him a "dedicated humanitarian" who "went to an area of medical crisis to help a desperately underserved population."

Four American aid workers, including three doctors, were infected with Ebola while working in Africa and were transferred to the U.S. for treatment in recent months. All recovered.

Health care workers are vulnerable because of close contact with patients when they are their sickest and most contagious. In West Africa this year, more than 440 health workers have contracted Ebola and about half have died.


Spencer is from Michigan and attended Wayne State University School of Medicine and Columbia's University Mailman School of Public Health.

According to his Facebook page, he left for West Africa via Brussels in mid-September. A photo shows him in full protective gear. He returned to Brussels Oct. 16.

"Off to Guinea with Doctors Without Borders," he wrote. "Please support organizations that are sending support or personnel to West Africa, and help combat one of the worst public health and humanitarian disasters in recent history."


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23
Oct

Wishfull Thinking - My Partner & I - Why that Yeast? American Women?


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Ocassionally we think of the serious. My partner, and I. Then post to the web.

Why not?

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Oct. 20, 2014 -- The FDA has approved six brand-name drugs to help men get an erection. But it has yet to green-light a drug -- a “pink Viagra” -- to help women distressed about their lack of libido.

While critics say the FDA has a gender bias when it comes to treating sexual problems, the agency says it carefully weighs the risks and benefits of all drugs it approves. Some experts say female sexual dysfunction is more complex, making it harder to treat.

The topic will be front and center at an FDA meeting this month, one in a series of 20 looking at “patient-focused drug development.”

The meeting on Oct. 27-28 will include statements from patients about the impact that female sexual dysfunction has had on their lives. It will also include a scientific workshop to discuss how to diagnose the disorder and measure how well medications for it work.


The charge that the FDA holds drugs to treat women’s sexual problems to a higher standard than those for erectile dysfunction has divided women’s and health organizations.

Even the Score is a campaign launched in June that’s backed by the drug companies of at least three potential treatments for female sexual dysfunction. A petition to the FDA posted by Even the Score on change.org had more than 16,000 signatures as of Oct. 17. “We urge you to work fairly and urgently toward a solution to an unmet medical need…” the petition states.


Meanwhile, the National Women’s Health Network and the American Medical Women’s Association, among others, have supported the FDA’s decisions not to approve a drug for female sexual dysfunction.

Cindy Pearson, executive director of the National Women’s Health Network, says while the FDA has not been immune to gender bias, that’s not at play here. “If it were gender bias, we would be yelling and screaming,” Pearson says. “The problem is the drugs. Our biology is so much more complicated than men’s.”

Female sexual response includes not only libido, or desire, but arousal and orgasm, or satisfaction.


“Pfizer put a lot of money…into testing Viagra in women,” Pearson says. “It just failed.”

PharmedOut, a Georgetown University Medical Center project, notes in a fact sheet entitled “Don’t need drugs to score” that the FDA has never approved any drug specifically to boost men’s libido or any other male sex problem other than ED, which usually isn’t related to a man’s sex drive.

Rejected 'Pink Viagra' Drugs

A decade ago, Procter & Gamble sought the FDA’s permission to market Intrinsa, a testosterone patch, for women who felt low sexual desire after having their ovaries removed. But the agency rejected the patch, saying it was only a little effective and could potentially raise women’s risks of breast cancer and heart disease.
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22
Oct

The Web MD -- Ask Your Question Here -- Mom Wanted Me To Be Be A Doctor


Hi All,

I have contacts around the world. Besides, Ebola, we keep in touch with recruitrment. That is world-wide with my Japenese / Korean partner. I am working on my Japanese.

We are still trying to fill the many jobs out there. Stay tuned..


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22
Oct

Biotech Jobs -- We Do The Search


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22
Oct

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17
Oct

Surveillance and Preparedness for Ebola Virus Disease — New York City, 2014


Disclaimer - The detection / treatment / care of suspected Ebola patients is a rapidly evolving national / global health care issue. The information presented here is only provided to highlight The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

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On October 14, 2014, this report was posted as an MMWR Early Release on the MMWR website (http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr).

This is only an excerpt from that report. The full report is here.

To ensure that NYC is prepared to manage Ebola cases and prevent disease transmission, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), in close coordination with local hospitals and clinicians, nongovernmental organizations and community groups, and city, state, and federal agencies, established systems around Ebola surveillance and management of suspected cases and contacts, and built upon existing general protocols for early recognition and management of persons with a viral hemorrhagic fever. Objectives included rapidly identifying Ebola patients in health care settings, implementing infection control precautions, and transporting ill persons to hospitals via emergency medical services, including persons arriving on international flights into John F. Kennedy International Airport. Enhanced planning began immediately after a CDC alert about Ebola on July 28, 2014. Reporting criteria and infection control guidance were developed in collaboration with local hospitals and sent to hospitals and clinicians via an electronic health alert system on August 11. Information also was shared on three citywide conference calls and in oral presentations to target audiences (1). DOHMH developed Ebola-specific data collection forms and triage protocols and trained staff to handle calls.

The image below - please click it to enlarge it - is a Ebola virus disease (Ebola) evaluation algorithm — New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), September 3, 2014.

Again, this information is provided for informational purposes, please check with the links contained in this post for full, and further information.


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14
Oct

What I Read Daily -- Firece Biotech


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14
Oct

What The Government Says Weekly - The CDC - Collective Disease Data


Hi All,

The Centers For Disease Control issues a weekly MMWR. That stands for Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. I have read the MMWR forever. My business has been Clinical Pathology.

The CDC does go any, and every globally. I was in Malaysia, when they landed in East Malysia because of a virus. The CDC is the World's Health Organization. In Malaysia, I was dealing with HIV.

The CDC is the best of the best!

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October 10, 2014

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In this Issue
Alcohol Involvement in Opioid Pain Reliever and Benzodiazepine Drug Abuse–Related Emergency Department Visits and Drug-Related Deaths — United States, 2010
Christopher M. Jones, PharmD, Leonard J. Paulozzi, MD, Karin A. Mack, PhD.
MMWR 2014;63:881-5

Alcohol was involved in 18.5% of emergency department visits for opioid drug abuse and 27.2% of visits for benzodiazepine abuse in 2010..
Alcohol was involved in 18.5% of emergency department visits for opioid drug abuse and 27.2% of visits for benzodiazepine abuse in 2010.
Hispanics or Latinos Living with Diagnosed HIV: Progress Along the Continuum of HIV Care — United States, 2010
Zanetta Gant, PhD, Heather Bradley, PhD, Xiaohong Hu, MS, et al.
MMWR 2014;63:886-90
Assessment of Ebola Virus Disease, Health Care Infrastructure, and Preparedness —
Four Counties, Southeastern Liberia, August 2014
Joseph D. Forrester, MD, Satish K. Pillai, MD, Karlyn D. Beer, PhD, et al.
MMWR 2014;63:891-3
Vital Signs: Health Burden and Medical Costs of Nonfatal Injuries to Motor Vehicle Occupants — United States, 2012
Gwen Bergen, PhD, Cora Peterson, PhD, David Ederer, MPH, et al.
MMWR 2014;63:894-900
Acute Neurologic Illness of Unknown Etiology in Children — Colorado, August–September 2014
Daniel M. Pastula, MD, Negar Aliabadi, MD, Amber K. Haynes, MPH, et al.
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13
Oct

Dealing With Ebola -- Just Like Marburg


Firstly, why did we let these people into the country?

Ebola is only part of a family of virii. The CDC know about all these issues:

here, and here.

Ebola, has not been held, here.

Aids started in Africa, and then spread around the world.

Ebola is the next African sickness. Gays srpead it.

Everything, nasty comes fron Afrikans.

I am concerned.


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13
Oct

Science / Data / Management / CEO Hosting - Siteground



I do work, and present myself around the world, and Siteground helps me.

Anytime, or anywhere. GoDaddy is pathetic.

SiteGround has helped me for soo long, that I should mention them, as an aid to global data, science, management, and computing.

Top notch help.

And, I have dealt with professianls all over the world.

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11
Oct

Is This The Ultimate Biotech, Drug Discovery, Rx Blog?


Hi All,

I blog about Biotech, Consult, and am always on the look out for great works available on the Web. I've run across In The Pipeline.

It is part of Corante.

Corante is a trusted, unbiased source on technology, business, law, science, and culture that’s authored by leading commentators and thinkers in their respective fields. Corante also produces premium conferences and publications that help decision-makers better understand their industries and the world around them.

In The Pipeline is maintained by Derek Lowe, and according to his Blog:

About this Author

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College chemistry, 1983

Derek Lowe
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After 10 years of blogging. . .

Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases.
To contact Derek email him directly: derekb.lowe@gmail.com
Twitter: Dereklowe

Lots of content here, and I thought that I would pass it on to everyone.


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7
Oct

The Nobel Prize


Hi Colleagues,

I have had an interesting life. I was selling nuclear materials for Medical Diagnostic purposes, in Scandanavia. The basic In-Vivo, In-Vitro thing. Thallium, Gallium, Xenon, Technitium Generators. Kits labelling radio-active materials.

One of the great moments of my life was to watch the Nobel Prize awards live when I got back to my hotel. I have seen 3 others in person.

True greatness!

Try to catch those greats live here.

Here is a past presentation:


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6
Oct

The World's Best Medical School - Cuba


Hi All,

I am an avid viewer of Ted Talks. Simply amazing views from brilliant people.

The range of speakers is from Nobel Prize Winners to Deep Thinkers. Those that never have talked on TED makes you think they have something to hide. If, you follow TED, like I do, you know who I mean. They are the filthy rich.

As the world turns, and really dedicated people stand up, and chat at TED, I present a Ted Talk...

I have an infinite source of media, and always check to see who / what is new at TED.

Everything there, is simply worth watching. And, humbling.

Please do visit TED.


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4
Oct


Just cleaned up my Blog code with some help from my hosting service.

I would like to strongly favor Siteground to host your efforts.

Ownership is premier, if you want to succeed!


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28
Sep

Why I Went To Linux


The Hated, the Frustrated, and Personal Initiative – How things will change, and it is all Free! M$ + Apple are doomed.

I'm not a writer, but do things – like all those others out there e.g. run / work / play / have a life / use a computer / have a PDA / Device. I don't hate, was frustrated, and took the Linux plunge because of what I mentioned. I took the personal initiative. I stopped Facebook.

There are a lot of buzz-words out there and one of those is OpenSource. That means Linux to me. I took the plunge. I went from SuSE 9.0 - 10.1, and all the Ubuntu distros, then settled on Linux Mint. All too often, what is never mentioned, is the additional word Community. Join a Linux Forum with your issues -- save a lot of time, energy, effort, and money. LOL! Get involved, it is Free!

Stop those all owning Android phones, Apps, and Games. Get a life!

I do own, M$ forever, and have a copy of OS X, I run them all off my H-P Ultrabook.


Simply, Linux does things for me that I always wanted to do. Once you get involved, the end result is simply amazing. No one lead me by the hand – but I took the personal initiative. I had no budget, but always asked, why can't I do this, or that, with all the Microsoft software that I bought, or was handed to me. Oh, I have had at a time one, or two, large budgets. And, paid for Microsoft licenses all over the planet. Then the price kept getting higher.

Meanwhile, I started to get frustrated. Lots of things to do, and pay for out there. But, no help. Developing a business became a problem. Joining a Linux Forum was amazing. People with the same problems that I had gave me solutions. Noticing why I shifted to Linux?

Here is a great example of Linux. I've always looked to Spell Check my e-mails in multiple languages. The reason is, I have worked Internationally (Globally) for a good deal of my life, and always, always wanted to spell check my e-mails in American English (not the Queen's, but the President's), stay in contact with my son in Germany, and deal with my Hispanic friends. Plus, throw in the occasional French phrase. All spell checked.

Now, as a thinking individual, go try to find a solution with Microsoft. I'll bet you can't. My solution Evolution. Hey that rhymes. Can you imagine after having dealt with the largest, most monopolistic software company on the planet, my multiple phone conversations with their Tech Support? I can now spell check in four languages at the same time.

Hey, we have all been there, done that, and have the T-Shirt. C'mon guys – get with the program, it's a small world after all. Wasn't that once a big hit song from a Disney film? I truly think that Microsoft has become too – what would the right word be here? Perhaps too something or other. I don't want to beat them up, but the shift came to me a while back. I had ideas in mind, and wanted to do something. Linux, and all those thousands, and thousands of applications gave me the solutions.

They don't call it a PC – Personal Computing -- without a reason. I've a my PC. It is now all OpenSource.

Next, I hated having to buy all those additional programs / applications so that I can create a .pdf, burn a CD, DVD, let alone have a good Office Suite of programs. That's not counting going on the search for a good secure browser, virus scanner, firewall, running disk fragmenters, checking on virii, adware, spyware, malware, root kits. Oh, and the ever popular Microsoft up-dates. A Linux Distribution gives it to you all for free!

First things first – LibreOffice. Result perfect. There are the haters out there that complain about Excel spreadsheet conversions, but I've often enough been stuck with Excel – as an application itself. If some one can't convert a Word .doc, they never had the slightest clue what was done in the first place. And they need professional help, and a life. I'm not a big fan of Microsoft Open Office.

Ever tried talking to Microsoft about trying to do something with Outlook, like trying to do a mass e-mail to clients, getting them the latest NewsLetter? You can do that with Mail Merge in Word, but not with Outlook. Buy another application, plus keep getting hit with security warnings, and up-dates. I'd become my own Microsoft System Engineer!

My newest friend is the OpenSource Communities. Funny word there. Lot's of great support. My other friend is Google. A long time ago people were stuck with issues, but now we can do a “Google”. This time around everyone can do it and save themselves a good deal of time, effort and frustration dealing without Microsoft. Non-frustrating = Linux.


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27
Sep

I Killed Facebook - Me Alone!


I may be the last to say it, but Facebook is done. I've not posted to my Blog in ages, I am old / new school. And, very computing literate. I am that pssed off with Mark What's his name.

I pulled up my Blog, which I haven't attended to in - like - forever - before I even had a BFF. I've got 4. Those are people that I've known forever. No need to call them that. I may extend my circle of friends, but who knows.

I like making new friends, but Facebook doesn't do it. Posting Happy Snaps! Wasn't that done in the Polaroid era, where people got tired of seeing those? In fact, I'd never go to Facebook to buy anything that is recommended. Who are my friends there?

I can Flash Back to a post I made years ago about Algorithms. I wanted one.

Better things to follow like Ello.

D*mn, I am p*ssed at Facebook.

I'll stop my rant know!

JJMacey
Wildwood, New Jersey


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21
Mar

My New Linux Operating System - openSuSE KDE 12.1

Hi All,

Well it was time to wipe the hard disk drive and look for the latest / greatest available Linux operating systems. I tried a bunch and settled on openSuSE 12.1 with the KDE desktop manager. The full details are on my web site here.

So, what does my desktop look like? Here it is:

And yes, on the lower right in the taskbar tray that is an icon for Microsoft Word 2007. Cool thing is that I do not need the Microsoft operating system to run Microsoft applications / programs!

Enjoy, and enjoy Linux and open source applications.

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28
Jul

Google+: A Social Network Even Geeks Can Love?


Written by John J. Macey
  

Thursday, 28 July 2011

I it has been here a while....

Google+: A Social Network Even Geeks Can Love?

LinuxInsider

07/28/11 5:00 AM PT

"Google+ has some nice features, and I really like the way that sorting the friends lists was built in rather than the complete hack of an afterthought it seems to be on Facebook," said consultant and Slashdot blogger Gerhard Mack. "Unfortunately, for the moment, inertia is still with Facebook, since everyone from old classmates to my grandmother is on it." Gooogle+ may still be in its invitation-only early days, but with all the wild excitement and skyrocketing numbers of users, it's awfully hard to tell.

Quibbles about real-name policies notwithstanding, eager users from virtually every walk of life seem to be flocking to the new social network -- even those of us who are perhaps less than entirely socially minded.

It's not at all surprising, of course, to see your average, run-of-the-mill Facebook fan scampering over to check Google+ out. Such individuals, after all, would likely jump at any opportunity to share photos, updates and every manner of personal details with countless friends far and wide. They are extroverts, in other words, and they *will* share as often and as widely as they can.


'We Love It So'

What's been striking, though -- at least to Linux Girl (my Favorite Linux Girl is NixiePixiel) -- is the more or less positive reception Google+ is getting even among us geeks here in the Linux blogosphere.

"Those of us lucky enough to be on Google+ love it," wrote ZDNet's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, for example. "Oh, we may get really upset about Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) real name policies, and how Google's attempts to improve it haven't gone far enough. But, we only get so passionate about it because we love it so."

Paris Hilton may have now arrived on Google's social network, but apparently that's not stopping us from finding it useful for our own purposes as well.

So what is it about Google+? What is this "je ne sais quoi" that's attracting both social butterflies and those of us who just aren't? Linux Girl (my favorite Linux Girl) rolled up her sleeves and set out to find out.

'It's Not Facebook'

"Put simply, it's not Facebook," Hyperlogos blogger Martin Espinoza told Linux Girl down at the blogosphere's brand new Circles Cafe. "It has all the same privacy concerns as Facebook, but where Zuckerberg has proven himself to be an evil bastard time and again, Page and Brin have demonstrated a desire to at least do things well."

Users are "dropped from FB regularly without explanation, for example," Espinoza noted. "I don't think anyone believes this is going to be a trend on G+.

"The user interface has improved just in the time I've been using it, and if they can keep up the pace for a few weeks then they ought to be able to sort out the most desired functionality," he added.

3 Cheers for Circles

"I love the Circles feature allowing you to post updates for particular groups," chimed in Roberto Lim, a lawyer and blogger on Mobile Raptor. "The J and K keys for scrolling is another nice feature."

Lim has not used Google+ features including Sparks and Hangouts, nor has he installed the Google+ app on his phone, since it's not yet available in his area. He also says he still relies much more on Twitter.

Still, while he doesn't currently see any benefits specific to Linux users, "the main advantage as an HTC Android user is that it allows me to sync updates, phone numbers and email addresses," he added, and it also "reminds me of their birthdays with my phone."

'My Grandmother Is on It'

 Consultant and Slashdot blogger Gerhard Mack was also impressed.


"Google+ has some nice features, and I really like the way that sorting the friends lists was built in rather than the complete hack of an afterthought it seems to be on Facebook," Mack offered.

"Unfortunately, for the moment, inertia is still with Facebook, since everyone from old classmates to my grandmother is on it," Mack added.


'It's Called Marketing'

For
Slashdot blogger hairyfeet, trust is still an issue.

"Remember how they said, 'Android is open!' and then did an about-face and changed that to, 'Android is open for handset manufacturers!'?" hairyfeet recalled. "Or how they have been asked repeatedly about ties to the NSA and refused to answer?"

Google's "don't be evil" slogan, in fact, is "right up there with 'Think Different' and 'Windows 7 was my idea!'" in hairyfeet's opinion.

"It's called marketing , folks," he said. "You know corporations can lie, yes? Then why would you trust a multinational corporation who has an interest in mining your butt and NO reason not to do whatever it wants with your data?"

In the end, though, "Google+ frankly won't matter anyway, not unless they can somehow buy Zynga," hairyfeet opined. "Don't ask me why but those Zynga games are like catnip to females and the males go where the females are. The females have too much in their Farmville and Frontierville to go anywhere."

All of this stolen from here. It is required. Doing code weaving is fun.


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23
Jun

Best Free Streaming Movie Sites


Hi All,

I was running Netflix for about a year, and suddenly they turned me off. The reason: I run Linux UBUNTU as my operating system. It was so sudden, interruptive, and down right rude, that I canceled my membership. Hey, it worked. Why pull the plug on me? Strange...

Anyway, I did a trial of Amazon Prime movies, but was disappointed in the selection there. So, I canceled the trial member ship.

What is a guy (gal) to do? Google for "Free Streaming Movies".


Here are two great free ones that I found:

Vidxden

How I got there is still a puzzle, but this site can be navigated using Piratenz. Just follow the "Direct Links" on the right side of the page and click Vidxden. There is also a bunch of free steraming movie sites that you can try.

Veehd

Just doing some more Googling I ran across Veehd. If you don't like DVD Rips, Look through the Tag Info and click "dvd". You get available dvds in great quality.

Have fun, and I certainly don't miss Netflix!


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28
Nov

Pirate Bay Founders Lose Appeal: Jail Time Reduced, Fines Raised



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